Thursday, July 24, 2014

*ARC* Temptation - DNF Review


By: Robin Covington

Published: August 5, 2014 by Burning Up the Sheets, LLC

254 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads /Amazon)

She needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.
Why I requested this title:
Hot (6 ft 4 in) firefighter.
Tattooed cover model on the cover (yes I am a cover snob when picking books).
Gorgeous country singer who's trying to rebuild her reputation and her career.
Average rating of 4.4 stars.
<Yes, in that order.>

Aside from the steamy moments between Kit and Max, the rest of the story fell flat to me. I really wanted to love this. But it took a really long time to get anywhere in the story that was more than just superficial sex. And I got bored. On top of this, though I know it's an ARC and not the final copy, when there are sentence structure errors and missing words that completely would change the thought of a sentence had the correct word been there (and therefore causing the story or dialogue to be inconsistent), those are errors that are harder to overlook than just a few minor spelling errors before final printing. After making it 66% through and giving it my best effort, I decided it was time to DNF it and just move on to something else.

Kit Landry is a country music star that hit it big at the age of 15. At 21 she is trying to rebuild her career and her reputation. She has 3 weeks until she leaves for her tour to promote her latest CD. An unexpected fire in the recording studio one night brings her face to face with a gorgeous Nashville firefighter, Max Butler. At 23, Max is enjoying life as a party boy by night and he makes no qualms about his lack of interest in a relationship. He enjoys women and women enjoy him. Who wouldn't enjoy a three week long stress reliever by a 6 ft 4 in muscled firefighter? Kit is on board with whatever they can use each other for during that time frame. But keeping it from the press is hard work. One wrong move - or one wrong picture and story - could send her career falling completely flat.

Maybe you'll enjoy this better than I did. Since I did not finish it I won't give it a number rating.

Final Rating - DNF
This review is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A is for Abstinence - Review

A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin #2)

By: Kelly Oram

Published: May 12, 2014 by Bluefields

204 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence. 

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants. 

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.
I equally enjoyed this followup story to the V is for Virgin series! To have a story from Kyle's POV was very rewarding - especially since it's been 4 years and he isn't the same shallow, slutty man-whore he was when we first met him.

4 years have passed since the last interaction Kyle Hamilton had with Virgin Val. Though they never had closure, they both were on two different paths in their lives and Kyle wasn't ready to give Valerie what she needed. Kyle's path took him further into the music scene and lots of women until one of the regular groupies tamed him to the point of a 2 year exclusive relationship and an engagement. Valerie's path took her through college and starting an adoption foundation and unfortunately a few other broken hearts from guys who weren't willing to abstain from sex until marriage. Kyle and Valerie are both successful, somewhat happy and content people. Until the night of Kyle's 25th birthday when his fiancee throws him a major curve-ball and a broken heart. He finally realizes he is ready to swear off casual sexual relationships. This new found identity leads him to 8 months of abstinence, which leads him back to the one woman who got away from him. The one woman he had such strong passion with, such that he had never experienced with anyone else. The only woman he ever wrote a song about. This story is his journey to winning back the heart and trust of Virgin Val.

I love the connection between Kyle and Valerie! I love their banter. Seeing their very real struggles was inspiring. And the was perfect!

Favorite Quotes:
We were gasoline and fire. We were years of suppressed desire finally being unleashed. We were hunger, passion, and need. We were epic.

"'re Kyle Hamilton. You're larger than life and whimsical. You're so passionate about everything...for five minutes at a time."

"I'm doing the abstinence thing because it's the only gift I can give you that will make you understand you mean more to me than any other woman I've ever been with."

"Marry me today, and I'll stay the night again tonight, only this time instead of asking you to stop, I'll beg you not to."

Final Rating - because I loved the message of this series so much I'm also giving book two 5 stars!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Post #85

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
Buy Link: Amazon

The Island trilogy (review set includes books 1-3) by Jen Minkman

Review - V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram (5 stars!)


Waiting on Wednesday featuring Waiting on You Were Mine


Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
ARC Thursday Review - Temptation by Robin Covington

My Sunday Posts have been MIA for several weeks. I've been traveling the last 2 weekends and haven't been able to get my post up. I have missed participating!! Unfortunately I'm not going to go back and cover all the books I've gotten during that time because the list would be incredibly long. Boo. But in a summary, I celebrated my 35th birthday on July 9th and I racked up in books (both print and Kindle) that I've been wanting AND I also got a Paper Kindlewhite.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

*ARC* Mortal Danger - Review

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1)

By: Ann Aguirre

Published: August 5, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

384 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...
I love when I come across an ARC that's above average and one that I really enjoyed reading! They are like diamonds in the rough. Mortal Danger is a paranormal story that has some creepy scary vibes to it as it deals with some urban legends but it also deals with very real issues of suicide and bullying. Visions of Salem's Lot came floating in my mind among other movies (because no way did I read those books). Enough creepy vibes that it made me tingly on the back of my neck. Don't worry though - if you're like me and don't really dig the scary stuff, this story is also about an unlikely relationship and trust between them is always questionable given their positions.

Edie is a 17 year old below average looking but incredibly smart girl who happens to attend a very elite private school. The problem is that this school is made up of beautiful, rich people who don't take too well to others who they view as beneath them in looks and wealth. They go a step farther than just ignoring Edie and torture her with pranks and meanness. A person can only take so much and Edie finds herself on a bridge ready to jump to end her life. It's then that she meets Kian. A more-than-human gorgeous guy who says he has an offer for her. 3 favors of anything she can think of and in return she's required to repay three times any favor that the bosses want done, all of this within 5 years time.

Edie would love for nothing more than to give those at Blackbriar a taste of their own medicine, and being at the lowest point in her life she decides to take Kian up on his offer. By agreeing to this she is swept up into a world of danger and dark shadows. What she didn't count on though was the connection she would feel towards Kian. The revenge she initially sought out against her enemies isn't as sweet as she thought it would be. Unfortunately too late she realizes the deal she made had strings attached she couldn't conceive of. She's involved in a game that could cost her not only her life, one she's not ready to throw away so easily now, but more importantly the life of those she cares about.

Favorite Quotes:
Everyone needs one true thing. I want him to be mine.

"For me, the world would be unbearable without you."

He was the only star in my firmament, shining in darkest night, so I could always find the path.

In every way that matters, you're already my knight in a shiny red car.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Final Rating - 4 stars
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on You Were Mine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9) by Abbi Glines
Expected Publication: December 2, 2014 by Atria Books

Preorder Buy Link: Amazon  
From #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry. 

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #64: Sometimes It Lasts

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze #5) by Abbi Glines:

Teasers: Sometimes dreams change. His has.
(Location 61%)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, July 14, 2014

V is for Virgin - Review

V is for Virgin #1

By: Kelly Oram

Published: December 5, 2012 by Bluefields

200 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?
Bottom line - I LOVED this story! I loved its message! The writing was smooth. The character interaction was comical at times and witty. The MC girl was intelligent and purpose driven. The message of this story is one that teens NEED to hear. It's not necessarily a call for all people everywhere to stay a virgin until marriage but rather a call for teens and young adults everywhere to THINK before they act - to really stay true to themselves and not cave in to peer pressure. It's call to respect yourself first and EXPECT others, especially those who you enter a relationship with, to respect you and your limits. I went back and forth on my rating - but in the end I knew I had to give this one my top score. It was that touching and refreshing to me.

Valerie Jensen was adopted as a baby. Her mom was a 15 year old girl who didn't even know who the dad was because she was so drunk. Handpicking the parents who would raise Valerie, she left a necklace for her with a "V" on it and a letter explaining her hopes for her baby to make different decisions than she made. 18 years later Valerie has vowed to do just that. She has made the decision for herself to stay a virgin until she's married. Her current boyfriend doesn't exactly know about that vow so when she shoots him down after 3 months of dating his ego is crushed and he dumps her and immediately hooks up with the one girl she can't stand just to get back at her. Angry and hurt Val lets him have it at school - only to be videotaped by a lot of her classmates. The video goes viral on YouTube and she becomes known as "Virgin Val" overnight. What starts out as a joke on her by her classmates turns into a school wide campaign and mission with a purpose to reach others who are like her - or maybe someone who did have sex for all the wrong reasons and is living with regret.

This campaign explodes from the local scene to the national one when an LA local band meets Val and the lead singer, Kyle Hamilton, who also happens to be a very popular, very hot, very male 21 year old alumni from the same high school, falls for her - even more so when she shoots down his advances. He puts her in the spotlight way more than she ever dreamed of being. But he doesn't give up chasing "his favorite virgin". And Valerie is way more affected by him than she cares to admit. The challenge is on!

Favorite Quotes:
"Your ego is like ten steps too far ahead of you."

Someone had to stand up for these poor girls, and for anyone who was afraid to say no to sex. Afraid of being mocked. Afraid of being dumped. If that person had to be me, then so be it.

We shouldn't have to be ashamed or afraid to say no to sex. Becoming sexually active is a huge decision. It's not one we should let the world or even our own boyfriends make for us.

"You're like the Joan of Arc of virgins."

It was as if Kyle Hamilton's entire being was made of passion, and he was sending that passion straight into me.

"I want the person I finally share all of myself with to be someone I trust completely. Someone who understands me, and loves me, and who I love just as much."

"I think that if I truly found someone that loved me like that, he'd be willing to marry me. he'd be willing to wait for me. if whoever he is isn't willing to commit his life to me, then he doesn't deserve to share that experience with me."

Final Rating - 5 stars!
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